As a parent of three children between the age of 13 and 20, words reveal a common mindset that often goes unnoticed. Perhaps, a decade of teaching high school has heightened my awareness to this growing epidemic. A lack of confidence, low self-esteem and sheltered from positive influences is to blame for this spiritual condition. What is this crisis? Individuals who have closed their minds to believing in God’s power to change any grave or impossible situation.
But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible,” Matthew 19:26.
This lack of perception was present among first century disciples of Jesus. Human nature caused these servants of God to confuse being good with salvation. When a model example of righteousness was turned away by Jesus, doubt began to creep into the disciples minds, wondering if anyone could be saved? However, in the passage above, Jesus corrects this flawed mindset by highlighting that nothing is impossible with God. Unfortunately, Satan has convinced many believers today that God doesn’t have the power to alter, improve or transform their current dilemma.
For nothing will be impossible with God,” Luke 1:37.
A first century doctor provides a cure for this lack of faith. Luke prescribes that when doubt begins to weaken your faith in the power of the Holy Spirit, turn your attention toward history. The past serves as a reminder of God’s previous power in the lives of Elizabeth, Mary and various miracles throughout the Old Testament. This record proves that nothing is impossible with God. Therefore, don’t let the father of lies convince you to close your mind to God’s previous miracles. May the word of God, Romans 10:17, open your minds to the mega possibilities when you let the Holy Spirit into your life.
by Jay Mankus